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Luke Bealor Auditory Neuropathy What is Auditory Neuropathy AN as I understood it is a condition where the cochlea and every other part of the inner middle and outer ear are normally functioning The only exception is that the VIII cranial nerve is not functioning properly OAE tests are showing up absent meaning that the VIII has a problem The funny thing is that when cat-scans were done no tumors were found Congenital or Acquired I couldnt find any specific information that said specifically whether this condition was congenital or not I think that it would almost have to be emotional because I dont see what else could cause it I guess that they did say that it can be caused by excessive neonatal illnesses Hyperbilirubinemia As I said before some infants with auditory neuropathy do have a history of neonatal illnesses One that has been commonly found in these cases is hyperbilirubinemia Surgery or medicine that cures this I couldnt find any medicines listed in the sites I looked at They did say that one thing that you can do with children who have not yet acquired language is to used Signed English or Cued Speech The reason for using these to methods is because parents always hope that there may be some eventual auditory improvement If there is improvement then they will be able to acquire some oral language easier with the use of Cued Speech as opposed to ASL Age Auditory Neuropathy can be found in a range from children all the way to adults I think the reason for this is that it is such a recently discovered problem that many people have gone through most of their lives with this disease and are just recently being diagnosed
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